The Biden administration is letting its "ideological hubris make them ignorant," and rather than heeding the advice of experts, it is ignoring them and that's resulted in the crisis at the border, Mark Morgan, the former acting commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, told Newsmax TV Saturday.
"We told them if you do what they have done you would create a crisis that would make 2019 pale in comparison," Morgan said on Newsmax TV's "The Count." "We told them that the Border Patrol facilities would be overwhelmed. We told them that HHS (Health and Human Services) facilities would be overwhelmed. We told them they would create an unmitigated crisis."
Meanwhile, President Joe Biden is "lying to the American people" and making absurd comments about the border, said Morgan, and his words telling immigrants "don't come" to the United States are "absurd."
"They say, under the Trump administration, you had the same kind of messaging," said Morgan. "The difference was (that) our substantive action in policy matched our message. When your substantive action of policy says your borders are open, but your words say don't come, it's absurd. It doesn't mean anything. The cartels know and right now, the numbers show that what they're saying is irrelevant."
Biden was also lying this week when he said during his press conference that the current surge in migrant numbers is seasonal, and that the same patterns happen every year, Morgan said.
"Either he's intentionally lying or he's got advisers who had given him really, really bad information," said Morgan.
He pointed out that last year, during the same time period of November 2019 to March 2020, the numbers were at about 33,000 incoming migrants a month, a drop because the Trump administration successfully addressed the 2019 crisis
But during the same time period this year, the numbers have almost doubled, and Morgan said he's anticipating that 150,000 will have come into the country this March alone.
"So if you look at March last year to March now, that's about a 300-plus-percent increase," said Morgan. "The president wants the American people to believe it's seasonal."
Morgan also slammed Biden's comments about not having traveled to the border because he "doesn't want to become the issue" and his promise to the media to have full access to facilities and the border "once we get this thing moving."
"I traveled with President (Donald) Trump down to the border," said Morgan "I lost count how many times. That is a complete joke that he's saying that using that excuse. Actually, the story is the fact that he hasn't been down to the border because. It's a crisis."
Further, if you really listen to Biden, he's saying he's not letting the media in until it "doesn't look like a crisis anymore," and that he would not let the media see the crisis he created.
"They let him get away with it," said Morgan. "I've been up there. I've stood at the White House press briefing room. The mainstream would never let me get away with that, and they would have just eviscerated me with that kind of answer."
Meanwhile, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas Friday fired most of the members of his department's independent advisory council, including several Trump allies and veteran officials who have served under both political parties, and Morgan said "that's not a shocker."
"It is just right in line with what they're doing," said Morgan. "I know some of those members that were removed, you know, on that same council under the Trump administration. We knew it was coming...they don't want to hear reality. They don't want to hear from the experts that are telling what they're doing is the wrong thing, and it's absolutely negatively impacting our national economic security."
Sandy Fitzgerald ✉
Sandy Fitzgerald has more than three decades in journalism and serves as a general assignment writer for Newsmax covering news, media, and politics.
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